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Tucson 2016 - Live reports day 2

Last Updated: 6th Feb 2016

By Jolyon Ralph

This is a LIVE report, keep this page loaded for live updates - new images will appear as they are added.



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Today is the first day of the Westward Look mineral show.

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Brian Kosnar and his minerals. Ps I promise my descriptions will become more interesting as I wake up properly.

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Two rocks that Brian has. No, not any better yet.

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Superb Devon childrenite - already sold!

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Beautiful old Brazilian Brazilianite from original 1940s material. As with previous pieces Mineral Classics specimen.

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Too busy at The Arkenstone to do much right now! But I'll try to take some photos

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Fun calcite from The Arkenstone

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Heliport, sorry Heliodor minerals. And Cornerstone minerals.

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A nice Ukranian Heliodor

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Yea, this a high-end mineral show.

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Gem minerals at Crystal Classics

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Beautiful blue Liroconite crystals with Strashmirite from Cornwall. Crystal Classics

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Australian gold

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Amazing proustite from morocco

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Impressive bournonite from Herodsfoot, Cornwall. Western Minerals

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More minerals from Western Minerals

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Cuprite and caledonite

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Large Glove wulfenite

Axinite and epidote from Peru

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At Miner's Lunchbox

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At Miner's Lunchbox

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Malachite with azurite from Laos

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A large plate of azurite from mexico

Superb plate of Laos azurite

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Dioptase. Last of the Miner's Lunchbox photos for today.

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It's Marcus!

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Victor Yount has a couple of large nice Hyalophanes from Bosnia

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Nice gold from Brazil

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Lots of gold!

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Wendel minerals

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Dyscrasite - Wendel minerals

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Legrandite

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Bournonite from Cornwall. Amazing piece!

A little video preview of Wendel minerals

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Calcite from Kazakhstan

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Nice boleite in matrix

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Manganite 'cross' from Germany

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Every time i turn around I see a better Cornish Bournonite. However I doubt I'll see any better than this today. Wilensky minerals.

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Wooden miner candleholder!

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Dioptase on quartz from Namibia. Collector's Edge specimen.

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Chinese wulfenite

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Emerald from Zambia

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Sperrylite fromRussia

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Ok, I can't resist. Another bournonite from Cornwall.

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I can't leave Collector's Edge without a photo of a Sweet Home Rhodochrosite.

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With Phillipe Font of ICM minerals enjoying the sun.

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Wait! Look what I found at Graeber and Himes...

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Topaz from Ukraine. Graeber and Himes

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Graeber and Himes!

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Minerals at Graeber and Himes beautifully arranged chromatically.

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The best part of the day is meeting friends. Here's Gail and Jim Spann

Fine Minerals International

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Halite from Sollstedt Potash Works, Thuringia, Germany - FMI

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Fluorite on pyrrhotite from China. FMI

Rose Quartz from Brazil - FMI

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Morganite from Brazil - FMI

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Milpillas azurite - Evan Jones

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Lots of minatures at Unique Minerals

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Another milpillas azurite! Unique minerals

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Enormous legrandite crystal

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Tsumeb gem mimetite - Unique minerals

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Gem crystals galore at Green Mountain Minerals

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The Cranberry Crown - tourmaline from Brazil. Green Mountain Minerals

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Large sweet home rhodochrosite with fluorite etc - Green Mountain Minerals

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Illinois Fluorite. Green Mountain Minerals

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Chalcocite from Wheal Abraham, Cornwall. Weinrich Minerals

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Realgar from Getchell mine, Weinrich minerals

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Brett Keller and his mineral wines

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It's Tom and Asia!

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Gem minerals at Kristalle

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Azurite from Tsumeb, Kristalle

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Sweet Home Rhodo, Kristalle

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Stonetrust minerals

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30cm aegirine from Malawi - Stonetrust

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Saxony proustite - Stonetrust

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Indicolite from brazil - Stonetrust

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Huge gwindel collected 2010 from Furka Pass, Switzerland - Christoph Gobin

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Lovely Burma tourmaline - Saphira minerals

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Cubanite from Quebec - Kristalli specimen

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Gypsum and Sulphur from Italy - Kristalli

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Phosgenite from Sardinia. Kristalli

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Chilean proustite - Dave Bunk Minerals

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Azurite - Dave Bunk minerals

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Gold! Marcus Budil

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Russian tourmaline! Marcus Budil

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Large matrix piece

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More gold, because gold!! Marcus Budil

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Elbaite from Cruzeiro mine, Brazil - Bergmann Minerals

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Huge rhodochrosite plate - Bergmann minerals

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Bunker Hill pyromorphite - Mike Bergmann minerals

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Harz manganite - Mike Bergmann minerals

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Baryte on sphalerite over 10vm ball - Tennessee - Anton Watzl

And on video...

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New find if heliodor and beryl from madagascar - all from a single pocket. Anton Watzl specimens

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Close up of the termination. From Ankazobe Town, Madagascar

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Mexican azurite - Pala Inc.

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Azurite from Bisbee - Pala Inc.

ps. Sorry for so much azurite in the report. But I like it!

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Empty showcase courtesy of the hard work of UPS.

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New Los Lamentos wulfenites at Wayne Thompson Fine Minerals

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Does it mean I can't take a photo of the sign?

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Rhodochrosite collection at The Arkenstone

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Finally have a few minutes to take the weight off my feet.

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Polish sulphur - The Arkenstone

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Beautiful cavansite - can't get the right colour even with the serious camera. In reality it has more of a turquoise hue than this shows. The Arkenstone

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Allargentum, etc from Morocco. The Arkenstone

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More sweet home rhodo. The Arkenstone

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Highly sculptural Illinois fluorite - The Arkenstone

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Bill and Will Larson

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Time to sign off and get ready for tonight's event at the University of Arizona. Thank you all for viewing the report.





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Discuss this Article

5th Feb 2016 18:44 UTCDavid L. Busha

Enjoying your photos of the minerals and the people at the show. Need any help choosing? I'd break down for the hyalophane!

5th Feb 2016 18:58 UTCMatteo Chinellato Expert

crazy prices

5th Feb 2016 19:14 UTCMatt King

Any chance that you could actually show some mineralogically interesting minerals that average Joe can afford rather than just touting specimens for the top end mineral dealers. Otherwise Mindat just becomes an online version of the Minrec magazine?? Thanking you muchly.

5th Feb 2016 19:32 UTCWoody Thompson Expert

Thanks for the great reporting Jolyon! Those Herodsfoot Mine bournonites are thick on the ground today! Makes you realize, more than ever, how many of them came out back in the day. Guess I'll have to add an extra zero to all of mine :-)

5th Feb 2016 21:32 UTCPaul Siegel

Thanks Jolyon,

Saving lots of money by staying home, snowed in anyway. Good to see Gail and Jim and Asia and Tom as well.

Cheers,

Paul

5th Feb 2016 23:14 UTCKelly Nash Expert

Thanks for this1
Had no idea rhodochrosite was so common!:-)

5th Feb 2016 23:23 UTCKeith Compton Manager

Hi Jolyon
I'm seeing more Bournonites than I saw at the British Natural History Museum a month ago.
Those gold crystals are simply amazing.
Great work Jolyon
Cheers
Keith

6th Feb 2016 01:28 UTCAdam Kelly

Really like the "new" Heliports and Beryls from Madagascar.
I'm always at the show earlier, and never make it to the Westward Look, but don't touch!
Great photos all around!
AK

6th Feb 2016 03:50 UTCRudy Bolona Expert

Some really affordable prices! I'll take the gold, proustite, caledonite, dyscrasite, manganite, and the legrandite. I'll display them in my yacht!

6th Feb 2016 14:39 UTCJohan Kjellman Expert

The phosgenite from Sicily (!) must be truly unique:)

6th Feb 2016 16:00 UTCJolyon Ralph Founder

Oops. Fixed!

Ps for those complaining about the lack of low end pieces in todays report I imagine you have never been to this show, it is exclusively high-end minerals. My next show report willbe from the hotel shows with much more affordably priced material

29th Feb 2016 03:28 UTCPhilip Simmons

Hi Jolyon,

The blue halite is from the Carlsbad Potash District, Eddy County, New Mexico; it's not from Germany.

I really enjoyed the live updates, and had a good time talking to you at the Spann's party!

Phil Simmons
 
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